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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Y Sewer Hearings Set for April 12 and 26

By James Lomuscio

The Board of Selectman, acting in its capacity as the Water Pollution Control Authority, (WPCA) announced today that it will hold special public hearings on Thursday, April 12 and Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium on the Westport Weston Family Y’s petition to have sanitary sewers at its planned facility at Camp Mahackeno.

The hearings were originally set to begin tonight but were canceled because it is the last day of school vacation.

Y CEO Rob Reeves said that the organization wants a sewer hookup at its planned 55,000-square-foot, Adirondack-styled facility despite previous approval for an 11,000 gallon septic system.

He stressed that a sewer would preserve 1.5 acres of the 32-acre camp, saving more than 100 trees that would have to be felled for a leaching field. He also said the system would allay neighbors fears of aquifer contamination from leaching fields.

Y officials propose an 8-inch diameter pipe that would run from their camp and go under Lee’s Pond to a neighborhood on Calumet Road and Calumet Lane where residents seek sewers, Reeves said. From there the line would continue to Clinton Avenue and head to the town’s sewage treatment plant.

Another reason Y officials prefer a sewer hookup is that the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) approval for the septic system had placed the condition that the Y take out a cash bond estimated at $1 million. No such condition is required with sewers, Reeves said.

The WPCA will also determine whether to approve an amendment to its Sewer Avoidance Policy dated Nov. 9, 2005, as it relates to the sanitary sewer extension. It was that policy that made the Y initially apply for septic approval, not sewers.

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